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Big Gulp! Ban on Big Sugary Drinks Proposed in New York City

May 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment


“No Coke! Pepsi! Pepsi!”

No – wait!

No Pepsi, either, if you’re in New York City and want a giant cupful. That could be reality – read on.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wants to ban super-sized sugary drinks – mainly soft drinks, but also drinks like sweet teas – at certain venues like stadiums, movie theaters, sports arenas and city restaurants.

They could still be sold at supermarkets and convenience stores, under the current proposal. And free refills of any size cup isn’t banned.

It’s Bloomberg’s war on obesity campaign. He says it’s what New York City is about – “doing something.”

Proposal comes up to comment June 13

News reports say the city’s Health Department plans to propose the ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces June 12 at a Board of Health meeting. It would take effect in June next year.

This is the same city that banned trans-fats in restaurants, and required calorie-counts listed on chain restaurant menus. They’ve come up with these stats:

  • More than half of New Yorkers are obese or overweight.
  • More than 30 percent of NYC residents drink a sweet drink daily (no size given)

The ban won’t apply to juices, diet drinks, milkshakes or alcoholic drinks.

What do you think about this ban – will it really have an affect on obesity?

Tags: Food Fight! · Food People · Today in the World of Food

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 diane t // Jun 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    there’s Big Brother again. I think the Mayor of NY should stick with murder and robbery on the streets. I didn’t know he was a dietrition. He bans these drinks who know what is next. If people want to drink that stuff that’s their business. Just like smokers.

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